Topic: Where are you stuck in your practice right now? What have you tried in order to get unstuck? What works? What doesn't?
I am not good at blogging on the fly, so this post could be interesting.
Right now I feel a little stuck in planning classroom activities for practicing what students have watched in a video.
We're in a place of learning new skills. Skills that take practice.
But I don't want to assign book page after book page or self-checking worksheet after self-checking worksheet. Yuck. The flipped classroom has significantly lessened the need for traditional book work day after day, and I don't ever want to go back to that.
So...I'm perusing my favorite site, Teachers Pay Teachers, for varying activities to keep students happy and engaged but still mastering skills.
Another thing that helps when I'm stuck with planning meaningful activities is asking the kids. What kind of activities do you like? What don't you like? I learned after a mid-year survey that I also need to ask, "Why?" They surprised me by saying they didn't like classroom scavenger hunts, and when I did some investigation, it's because they don't want to get up and move! What?!?!?
I also like to talk to other math teachers. How have they or how would they approach a topic? I almost always come away from such conversations with good, usable ideas.
What doesn't work when I'm stuck with planning? Getting
OK...this was the quickest post I've ever written, but it was fun. I realized several days ago I haven't blogged in a few weeks, and I've wanted/needed to get back to it.
Maybe this post will be the jump start I've needed!
EDIT: A few weeks? I haven't blogged since Thanksgiving weekend. Yikes!